Our spy photographers have just captured Audi testing the brand new Audi A3 Sedan at one of Audi’s Southern Europe test sites. We are very excited about this car for a few reasons. It slots into the area once occupied by the B5 A4 in terms of size, engine tuning options and price. Especially, now that that A4 has moved up-scale and in both size and market. We hope the car arrives at a point under $30,000 which would make it very attainable for many young enthusiasts. Also, the potential of the new TFSI engines are endless as we have seen with the already announced S3.
The A3/S3 Sedan was designed to bolster Audi’s already strong sales in the Chinese car market and to boost its US operations by providing another entry level option. Our guess is that this car is in nearly production ready form and the Audi engineers are putting the finishing touches on the car before it’s debuted sometime in 2013. We can expect a wide range of engine choices in the A3 sedan when it arrives in America including both TFSI and TDI. Based on this test cars exhaust we can guess it’s either Audi’s 1.8 or 2.0 TFSI engines. This tester is also wearing the larger Audi rotor style wheels that noticeably fill the wheel wells. This could be an S Line version of the upcoming car. We will post more details as they arrive. This is a very exciting car and we look forward to seeing both the final A3 and S3 sedans when they join their Sportback brother.